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theTastyCat 04-16-2014 01:36 AM

Hot dogs for 40 - please help me make the best of it
Hey all - first off, I apologize that this is not Q-ology, but I could not think of a better place to bring my dilemma.

GF is throwing a party next week for 40 college students. Neither of us is particularly wealthy, so my customary Yes-Lord-Jesus 3/4-lb. RO Lump-grilled burgers from heaven are financially out of the question, much to my chagrin, as all the prep and grilling is a really enjoyable process as well a perfect excuse for an adult beverage or eighteen. Also, my old-skool New Braunfels which I recently inherited from a dear late friend is in pieces as I do the last of the wire brushing/sanding before washing and repainting, so my inaugural smoke of a butt or something similar isn't an option, much as I would delight to; besides, cooking for 40 on my very first smoke would basically guarantee failure with my luck!

So she suggested hot dogs; that does seem to be about the best idea I could come up with as well. Would you fine gents/ladies be willing to weigh in on how to make the best of this? I'm thinking tons of condiments/toppings, i.e. make it sort of an "event", not just a bunch of steamed Dollar General dogs and some French's mustard. My Weber OTG stands ready as always. A couple of questions for the hive:

1. What brand (hopefully available in the rolling green hills of Middle Tennessee) would represent a good compromise of quality and price, particularly when feeding 40 non-picky college students?

2. I'd love to go with larger than usual dogs for the novelty, etc. - would any of those fit the category of #1 as well?

3. On the few occasions that I've grilled dogs in the past, I've just floored the Weber to 500 degrees and put them on for 10 minutes or so - seemed hard to ruin. Any tips on fine hot dog results? Might this be an occasion where some wood chips would be handy, or would it just be a waste?

4. Anything else special to church the whole thing up a bit? I do like to grill the buns and would plan on that.

Thank you all so much for your feedback - I really wish I could be offering something more than dogs but I suspect you all may have some advice that will make this an above-average dog experience!!

jbuntingsr 04-16-2014 02:46 AM

I am not sure if you have a smoker but since I read about it on this site that's is the only way I cook them. They are terrific. If no access to a smoker then grilling will work just fine. Nothing wrong with a hotdog. We have been buying the store brand and they are pretty good.

Pyle's BBQ 04-16-2014 02:56 AM

What is your budget? I would go with the condiment bar theme. Fresh onions, jalapenos, relish, two types of mustard, sauerkraut, pickles and some tomatoes. Ketchup is optional, but I'm sure someone will ask for it if you don't have it.

As far as hotdogs, Nathan's or Hebrew National are some top brands. You may want to check around with the meat counter at your local store to see if they make custom brats.

AussieTitch 04-16-2014 03:37 AM

Not sure if this is a help or not.
We low cook ours in the Weber, maybe 30 minutes with smoke, bring ours up to heat rather than blast them. Tease the Snag to heat
Keeps ours moist.
Your Snags may be way different than ours tho.

Crakaveli 04-16-2014 03:44 AM

have you tried grass fed dogs? applegate farms makes some. they are slightly more expensive than regular hot dogs but nothing outrageous. you can find them at whole foods or some publix stores.

select the great organic beef hot dog to find which stores carry them.

bbqgeekess 04-16-2014 04:41 AM

You can get tasty all beef hot dogs from Aldi for $2.50 a pound; that's $1 less per pound than Walmart. I personally can't stand hot dogs made with a mix of chicken, pork and beef. (Which are like $1 a pack). Might want to check Sprouts as well.. they often have sales on stuffed fresh sausages (in natural casings) for only $2.99/lb.

BigBellyBBQ 04-16-2014 05:33 AM

Wardynski's for me..

Wolverine 04-16-2014 06:46 AM

Kogels or kowalski ,

JoSal73 04-16-2014 06:47 AM

Costco has some awesome oversized hot dogs. Check them out if you have a membership.

Garyclaw 04-16-2014 06:57 AM

..........chili sauce too!

Untraceable 04-16-2014 07:10 AM

Ambassador is the only name in real hotdogs up here. :-D

peeps 04-16-2014 07:19 AM

Do the BIG Hebrew Nationals!

innocent75 04-16-2014 08:30 AM

Our local butcher shop has a hotdog called a fiesta dog. They are roughly 1/4 lb dog stuffed with cheese and jalapeños. I grill them and top them with "coney" sauce and stewed onions.

Bludawg 04-16-2014 09:47 AM

Ball Park all beef & set up a Beer,onion & butter hot tub to hold them in

Fwismoker 04-16-2014 09:52 AM

All beef on a smoker, they are slow cooked and have a great smoke ring color....taste fantastic!

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